Understanding Nappa Leather Handbags
Nappa Leather: Dig Deeper– This leather generally comes from calfskin and is chrome-tanned with a gentle and supple texture. It’s the softest of the cowhide leathers. It’s commonly found in purses, wallets, and gloves.
Nappa leather handbags noted for their softness and durability. It’s a full-grain leather made from unsplit calfskin or lambskin hides and commonly used in the making of fashion accessories such as purses, wallets, and gloves.
Understanding Nappa leather handbags:
- Nappa is an aniline top grain cowhide leather, therefore, the skinning and the fleshing process are the same.
- Where Nappa leather differs and gets its characteristic softness, is in the tanning stage of processing.
- The tanning process involves chromium salts or aluminum sulfate. It goes through several applications until the hide thoroughly saturated.
- During the tanning process, the protein in the hide chemically linked with the tanning agent; effectively preserving the hide and making it more resistant to aging and rotting.
- This procedure can be somewhat taxing on the hide, but the finished product is excellent.
- During the aniline dyeing stage, the dyes penetrate the pores in a water bath and color the leather right through. This ensures that the surface of the Nappa leather retains its vibrant, finely-nuanced appearance and that the hide’s grain remains visible and natural.
- Over time, sunlight causes the color of the Nappa leather to change slightly and the surface to take on a slight honey-golden patina. This is normal, inevitable and very attractive.
- Also, the patina provides some protection against moisture and drying.
- Nappa leather handbags hold prominent places in designer collections, making them common models to copy and knock off. Be careful when shopping online for your purses.
How to clean Nappa leather handbags, care for, and condition:
- Nappa leather is quite absorbent, so avoid spills and moisture of any kind.
- Wipe it off regularly with a clean, dry cotton cloth to remove topical dust and build up.
- Prudent action necessary when you do spill or stain your Nappa leather purse. Immediately blot dry any water or liquids from the surface of the leather.
- Scuff marks removed using an uncolored or natural pencil eraser if tended to immediately.
- If stubborn stains set in, use a mild soap and dilute it considerably with water. Dip a small corner of terry cloth or micro-fiber towel into the solution, so it’s lightly dampened; then proceed to wipe away the stain. Blot dry the spot with a clean, dry cloth as you go. The point here to not allow the porous leather to absorb any water.
- Use a creamy conditioner as opposed to a wax-based one. We use and recommend Leather Honey.
- When not in use, be sure to store your Nappa leather purse in a box or cotton dust bag. It needs to breathe. Never put any leather products into plastic bags.
- Don’t fold or stress the purse in any way. Allow it to rest naturally, with plenty of space and nothing sitting on top of it, pressing it under its weight.
- Tuck the strap inside, especially if there’s a chain or hardware on it. This will prevent it from scratching the leather.